On the first night after the ban on alcohol sales was lifted in most provinces across Thailand, officials reported a spike in curfew violators with a total of 690 people breaking the 10 pm to 4 am lockdown.
That figure represents an increase of more than 60 percent when compared to Saturday night when the ban on alcohol was still in effect.
The curfew violation on Sunday night was mostly from people involved in social drinking gatherings, gambling dens, and drug use.
The spokesperson for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, Taweesilp Visanuyothin, warned that the government will consider reinstating the ban if people defy the measures currently in place. He said:
“The country won’t be able to succeed in [containing Covid-19] without cooperation from everyone. Only when it is certain the country is totally free of the virus will we be able to live a normal life again.”
“All statistics are being compiled for evaluation. If new infections remain low during the easing of the restrictions, we will move on to the next phase. But if infections flare-up, the easing will be reviewed and possibly stopped.”
Local governors joined in with the warning, including Sarit Withun, the Ubon Ratchathani Governor, who warned that if residents do not comply with containment measures he would ask the government to suspend sales again.
Source: Bangkok Post | Photo: Reuters